LINGUIST List 13.257

Wed Jan 30 2002

Calls: Translation Studies,Natural Language Processing

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  1. Bart van der Veer, Call for papers Linguistica Antverpiensia
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP--Preliminary CFP

Message 1: Call for papers Linguistica Antverpiensia

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 18:09:37 +0100
From: Bart van der Veer <>
Subject: Call for papers Linguistica Antverpiensia

Journal of the Hoger Instituut voor Vertalers en Tolken, Hogeschool
Schildersstraat 41 - 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Linguistics and Translation Studies. Translation Studies
and Linguistics

In the course of the last two decades pragmatic and cognitive approaches
have become the focus of attention in both linguistics and translation
studies. Language is studied as an integral part of an
(inter)cultural-communicative context, and the purpose a translation will
serve, as well as its function in the target culture are seen to be crucial
determinants in the translation process. Language and translation are viewed
as cooperative, (inter)cultural events and studied as cognitive processes.
In simulations of intelligent behaviour, in this case language-use and
translating, connectionist research tries to reckon with the functioning of
the human brain.
These pragmatic and cognitive approaches to language and translation are
closely linked with the view that the reading, understanding and production
of language are not bottom up processes that start from the smallest units
(morphemes, words) to end with the largest (superstructures,
macrostructures), but rather top down processes.
In linguistics the above evolution has gained ground in the fields of
grammar, lexicology, text linguistics, contrastive linguistics, and -last
but not least - computational linguistics.
It may well be that computational linguistics and the branch of translation
studies dealing with machine translation, which both have a strong basis in
generative grammar, demonstrate most clearly that developments which
researchers tend to label as the pragmatic and cognitive turn, should not
only be seen as a departure, but also as a complementary development.

Linguistica Antverpiensia starts with a new series under a new editorial
board and will henceforth devote its one volume annual publication to a
specific theme related to language, translation and culture.
The first thematic issue (Linguistica Antverpiensia, New Series 1/2002) will
focus on the parallel developments in linguistics and translation studies.
The purpose of the exercise is not just to highlight the obvious importance
of linguistics for the development of translation studies, but also the
lesser known contribution of translation studies to linguistics.
We invite contributions on the following issues in state-of-the-art or
problem-solving articles:

- Developments in linguistics and translation studies: similarities and
- Pragmatic approaches in linguistics and translation studies;
- Cognitive approaches in linguistics and translation studies;
- Textlinguistic approaches in linguistics and translation studies;
- Technological approaches in linguistics and translation studies.

Practical information
Deadlines: Title and 10 line abstract by 1 May 2002,
Article by 1 October 2002.
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Portuguese and
Russian will also be considered).
Stylesheet: Will be provided upon acceptance of the article.
Contacts: Aline Remael (Editor in Chief; and Leona Van
Vaerenbergh (Guest Editor,
Editorial Board: Philiep Bossier, Jacques Debruyne, Monique Jacqmain,
Katrien Lievois, Ilse Logie, Aline Remael (Editor in Chief), Bart Van der
Veer, Leona Van Vaerenbergh (Editorial Secretary).
Advisory Board: Michel Ballard, Willem Bossier, Lieven D'hulst, Marcel
Govaert, Chris Hutchison, Frank Peeters, Mike Windross.
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Message 2: 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP--Preliminary CFP

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 15:05:34 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP--Preliminary CFP

 2002 Conference on Empirical Methods
 in Natural Language Processing
 (EMNLP 2002)

 Preliminary Call for Papers

SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special
interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP,
invites submissions to EMNLP 2002. The conference will be held at
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA on July 6-7,
immediately preceding the anniversary 40th meeting of the ACL (ACL

We are interested in papers from academia, government, and industry on
all areas of traditional interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned
fields, including but not limited to:

- information extraction
- information retrieval
- language and dialog modeling
- lexical acquisition
- machine translation
- multilingual technologies
- question answering
- statistical parsing
- summarization
- tagging
- term and named entity extraction
- word sense disambiguation
- word, term, and text segmentation
- general NLP-related machine learning techniques:
 theory, methods and algorithms
 (incl. text mining, smoothing, etc.)

As a follow-up to last year's focus on analyzing the current "Successes
and Challenges" in the corpus-based methods, we encourage submissions
on the theme

 "The Next Big Thing in Data-driven NLP"

We solicit papers that describe attempts to substantially and
radically deviate from current practice of simple adaptations of
existing and usually well-studied methods. All directions of a venture
to a territory previously unknown (or once abandoned for one reason or
another) to NLP are welcome, such as but not limited to

- using Really Large Corpora (cf. last year's Brill's talk);
- using previously neglected methods, including those from non-NLP
 fields, such as biology, nuclear physics, or finance, with promising
 results and/or reasonable potential for the future;
- employing known methods in a radically different way or on
 problems they were not tried upon previously, with truly significant
- combining intuition-based and data-based methods (finally!) with
 substantially improved results on known problems.

We stress though that such papers, however radical their content might
be, stick to the usual practice of documenting the results using
standard experimental and evaluation practice. That does not exclude
that authors provide extended final section in their submissions,
discussing perhaps even slightly speculatively what the future might
look like.


Submissions should take the form of full papers (3200 words or less,
excluding references) describing original, unpublished work. Papers
being submitted to other meetings must provide this information on the
title page.

More info will be coming soon; see also last year EMNLP's website at

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 4, 2002
Acceptance notification: May 8, 2002
Camera-ready copy due: June 6, 2002
Conference: July 6-7, 2002

Conference Organizers:

- Jan Hajic (chair), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
- Yuji Matsumoto (co-chair), Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Conference URL
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